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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Volunteer Opportunities

Invasive removal_photo by nps d

Photo by NPS/D.J.Reiser

DAYS OF SERVICE
Get your friends and family involved in park stewardship! Projects include habitat restoration and trail maintenance. Most events are family-friendly. Days of Service are made possible from support provided by National Parks Conservation Association. For more information and to register, sign up via the online registration link for your preferred project or call 330-657-2299. Advanced registration is required.

RiverDay
Saturday, May 17 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
--Clean Up the Watershed (Habitat Restoration or Trash Collecting)

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 7 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
New for this year: Trail workshop and overnight camping are available after the project.
--Trail Repair on Langes Run
--Trail Repair on Valley Trail
--Trail Maintenance on Ledges and Pine Grove Trails
--Habitat Restoration

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 27 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Make A Difference Day
Saturday, October 25 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


 
Adopt-a-Trail volunteers on a trail sweep.

©Dave Burgan

DROP-IN OPPORTUNITIES
Help restore native habitat and trails in CVNP! Individuals are recommended to register in advance; and groups of five or more are required to register to the volunteer office. Click on the project names below for details, dates, locations, and age minimums. On the day of the project, meet at the start time at the listed meeting location. On-site training is provided. Click on the project titles below; or you can view the drop-in projects and Days of Service in calendar view.

Habitat Restoration Projects

Trail Maintenance Projects

Things to Know Before You Come to a Project:
Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (must be closed toe). Bring your completed Volunteer Agreement (Habitat Restoration Form or Trail Maintenance Form), hat, sunscreen; and a pack with a full water bottle, work gloves, and a snack/lunch. Projects are rain or shine, with exception to thunderstorms and lightning.


 

SEASONAL AND LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Are you interested in volunteering seasonally or year-round? Click on the titles to learn more and apply. If your preferred group or project is not accepting volunteer applications now, please sign up for our Volunteer Opportunities E-News to be updated on new openings.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 

COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY
Grow your connection to local foods and your community. Countryside Farmers' Market opportunities include parking assistance, setting up and tearing down, taking photographs of market activities, doing cooking demonstrations, and playing music. Volunteer Ambassadors are also wanted to staff information booths and represent Countryside at various special events throughout the year. Read through their volunteer opportunities here. Countryside provides many different ways to get involved, and if one sounds like a good fit for you, contact marketassistant@cvcountryside.org or 330-657-2542 ext. 226.


 

CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
Ever want to be behind the scenes of a real working railroad? Opportunities include special event assistants, conductors, mechanics, brakemen, trainmen, concessionaires, servers for beer and wine tastings and other special events, and office help. Elves are also needed to march alongside the Polar Express sleigh in parades. Enjoy a unique opportunity that combines the love and nostalgia for the railroad with the reward of helping passengers enjoy the heritage of the area. Find more information and complete their online volunteer application here.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".